SkillME Project Mentors (multiple positions)

Posted by NSW Region, 26th May 2019
Location: sydney, New South Wales
Applications close 1st July 2019

Background

Engineers Without Borders NSW is engaged in a partnership with Sydney community organisation Metro Assist. The organisation offers multiple services including migrant settlement, family support, emergency relief, tenancy services, community development and employment support programs. The SkillME project is one of Metro Assist’s employment support programs and has been running since 2015. The SkillME Project works with jobseekers from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The SkillME team makes a comprehensive assessment of their experiences and career goals, and develops a realistic plan to track their progress. One of SkillME’s programs is the Skilled Migrant Program, a seven-week job preparation program for highly-skilled clients. Many engineers and IT professionals join this program.

The partnership aims to work collaboratively with the organisation to improve employment outcomes for engineer and IT migrants who face significant difficulties entering into the Sydney engineering and IT job market.

Role Description

As a volunteer in the SkillME Program, you will be partnered with a skilled migrant or refugee seeking to obtain employment in engineering or IT industry in which you have experience working. As his/her mentor, you will engage in a collaborative relationship providing moral support and guidance to help him/her to obtain employment that matches his/her skills and experience in Sydney.

As a Mentor, you will be part of a rewarding experience while you build a meaningful and sincere relationship. Before you commence mentoring, you will receive cultural awareness training as part of the induction process and a mentoring manual. The SkillME team will work closely with you to provide the support you may need.

Key Responsibilities & Actions

  • Share your industry knowledge and experience with your mentee to help them identify and best position themselves for employment opportunities that match their skills, goals and past experience.
  • Learn and understand the best practices for mentoring for the SkillME Project
  • Attend a compulsory induction session (cultural awareness training will be included in the induction). This induction will be held on a weekend or a weekday evening.
  • Make contact and provide advice to your mentee(s) at least once every 3 weeks for a minimum period of six months. The first interaction with your mentee should be a face-to-face meeting.
  • Provide monthly reports on the progress and achievements to the Mentor Coordinator

 

Selection Criteria (Skills & Experience)

  • An understanding of or willingness to learn of EWB’s underlying vision, objectives and rationale
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Diligence in communicating and collaborating with others
  • Experience navigating the engineering or IT job market in Sydney i.e. familiarity with general application processes, resume and cover letter writing, interview skills.
  • Experience mentoring is a plus
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in an engineering or IT industry in Australia.

 

An engineering  or IT background is required to perform this role.

People from diverse backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Timeline 

This is a volunteer role starting when the next SkillME program is set to begin in August with induction in mid to late July.  A minimum commitment of 6 months is required.

You will decide with your mentee on the most suitable frequency and form of communication (e.g. face-to-face, phone calls, Skype), however the first interaction with your mentee should be a a face-to-face meeting. We strongly recommend at least one contact per fortnight.

Contacts

  • EWB SkillME Partnership Coordinator
  • SkillME Project Coordinator

 

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of your curriculum vitae and a cover letter outlining the industry you can mentor on, your motivations for applying for the role and how you meet the Selection Criteria to Jonathan Posniak at skillme.partnership@ewb.org.au

For further questions please contact Jonathan Posniak at skillme.partnership@ewb.org.au